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Old 07-26-2014, 08:17 PM   #31
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Third Test starts tomorrow. More of the same I think.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:53 AM   #32
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Third Test starts tomorrow. More of the same I think.



As I keep reminding our mate Flacky


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In Australia we say "never forget Steven Bradbury!!"


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Old 07-27-2014, 07:31 PM   #33
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the turning point, we are back, world beater..

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As I keep reminding our mate Flacky

"Remember Rorke's Drift ... just when you think all is lost ...."



In Australia we say "never forget Steven Bradbury!!"

It ain't over till it's over .....

Thats true Baz and Cookie came good today and at last the team got off to a decent start for what seems like the first time for decades. Even though Cook missed out on a ton he passed Pieterson and Gower in the leading English Test run scorers.

Hopefully a corner has been turned and at least some level of batting consistency can be anticipated. Bells been short of runs recently and he needs to weigh in tommorrow as well.
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They are not too far away. Need to sort out who opens with Cook, Robson's not a test opener and may never be. Not sure Butler is good enough as a keeper and obviously we need a spinner. I will be interested to see how Patel the Middlesex slow bowler develops, he is the best prospect I have seen this season.
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They are not too far away. Need to sort out who opens with Cook, Robson's not a test opener and may never be. Not sure Butler is good enough as a keeper and obviously we need a spinner. I will be interested to see how Patel the Middlesex slow bowler develops, he is the best prospect I have seen this season.
IMO Robson is too fond of poking at balls that are outside the line of off stump.

Buttler: With his keeping I cant decide if he is quite capable and understated or if he has never been put under any real pressure. One day keeping does not compare to Test level. Anyway we will find out if he plays a couple of Tests. Hopefully he can also consistenly score runs at Test level.

On the subject of keeping. MS Dhoni. He fumbles and blunders through a Test match but seems to hang on when it matters as with his leg side catch of Cook when standing up. But his clumsiness when dealing with basic throws from fielders is unbelievable. Blocks with pads and often spilling the ball. Theres no tidying up, he has the ability to make good fielding look piss poor.

Plus I think his captaincy is often poor, tends to cruise along waiting for something to happen. Today Ashwin is not picked, yet again, but Dhoni then has spinners operating from both ends. IMO Dhoni exists on his impressive IPL expolits which mean very little in Test match cricket.

England spinners. Cant answer that one. Think its on a wing and a prayer, or on the piss with Monty Pannesar.
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Oh Dear....

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England filled their boots on Day 2. I knew they would come good. Maybe.
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We need some new bowlers .Broad needs a rest hes not a 100% fit.Better display today ,but we are only playing a india attack that most teams would beat.
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